Entrance at 11+ (Year 7 – Age 11 in September)
Step 1 – Enquiry
Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Alex Parris and Mrs Helen Gard, are available to help you with any questions you may have. They can be contacted on 020 8688 3863 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2 – Visit
Due to Covid-19 regulations, we are currently unable to offer tours of Old Palace. In their place, we will be running a programme of virtual Open Days during the autumn term. Please check the Open Day page of our website for the latest information.
- Saturday, 3 October: Virtual/Live Head’s Talk & Q & A: 9.00am & 10.30am.
Step 3 – Application
You may make an application using our online application form. The registration fee for entry into the year commencing September 2021 is £100 (this is non refundable).
Should you wish to apply for the Music Scholarship or a Music Award, you will need to indicate this on your application form, and complete the separate Music Scholarship form by 27 November 2020.
View Scholarship Information
You should indicate on the application form whether you are applying for a Bursary. You will also be required to register your interest via the John Whitgift Foundation website. See below.
Apply for a Bursary via the John Whitgift Foundation
Step 4 – Assessment
Interviews with the Head will be via a Zoom call scheduled for parents/carers and girls after the Autumn half term. They will be asked to show a piece of work of which they are particular proud and are happy to discuss. The interview is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.
Parental support and alignment with the ethos and value of Old Palace are crucial for academic success. All parents/carers will be interviewed.
NB: Please be aware that entrance assessments are subject to change according to changes in Covid-19 regulations. The Admissions team will keep applicants informed of any changes.
Our Admissions team will contact your daughter’s school for a reference. The entrance tests will be run on the 4th & 5th of January. If you are sitting another entrance exam on either of these days, please let us know your preferred date. This will involve a 1-hour paper in both English and Mathematics, as well as an on-line Reasoning test. Covid-19 restrictions may force us to revise our entrance test arrangements but we will keep applicants informed of any changes. The Admissions team send full details of the entrance tests to all applicants in early December, following the application deadline. Applicants are given their candidate number on the day of the entrance test day (they are not issued in advance).
Step 5 – Offer and Acceptance
Offers will be posted on the 2nd February 2021. The offer letters will include details of any scholarship or awards offered. If you have applied for a Bursary, the offer letter will advise you of the outcome, and the John Whitgift Foundation will write to you outlining their provisional contribution towards your daughter’s fees. To accept your daughter’s offer you will be asked to complete the Admissions Form and pay the £800 deposit (£200 if a Bursary place has been offered) which will be held until your daughter leaves Old Palace. The deadline for acceptance is 4th March 2021.
Step 5 – Admission
During the summer term our Admissions team will send you joining information and will be in contact to invite you and your daughter to our Induction events. There will be an Induction evening for you and your daughter, as well as an Induction morning at the Senior School for your daughter when she will spend the morning in her new classroom, meet her Form Tutor and new classmates.
In addition to the students moving up from our own Year 6, girls join us from a large number of primary schools. Pastoral care is important to us and great emphasis is placed on settling your daughter into her new environment. We hope to hold a bonding event in the summer term, which is a further opportunity for girls to meet and socialise with each other.